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Middlebury Professor Examines Einstein’s Legacy

Image of Albert EinsteinRutland ~ Middlebury College professor Richard Wolfson will delve into how Einstein’s theories have transformed our understanding of the world in a talk at Rutland Free Library on April 3 at 7:00 pm. His talk, Einstein in a Nutshell,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Einstein’s most famous contribution to science—his theory of relativity—is based on an idea so simple it can be stated in one sentence. Yet from that simple idea, Wolfson will explain, follow conclusions that have revolutionized our notions of space, time, and causality.

Wolfson is Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury College. He holds a BA in physics and philosophy from Swarthmore, a master’s in environmental studies from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in physics from Dartmouth. His research involves the Sun, climate change, and solar energy. His books Nuclear Choices: A Citizen’s Guide to Nuclear Technology and Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified exemplify Wolfson’s interest in making science accessible. Wolfson has published in Scientific American and writes for World Book Encyclopedia. He has produced six video courses for The Teaching Company’s Great Courses series. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Rutland are held at Rutland Free Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of Rutland First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series are The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

“Einstein in a Nutshell” is underwritten by Jim Alic.

Rutland Free Library is sponsored by Friends of Rutland Free Library.

For more information, contact Rutland Free Library at 802.773.1860, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities Council

The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Because Ideas Matter.